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Landlord obligations- dodgy electrics

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    Landlord obligations- dodgy electrics

    Hi,

    My friend is due to move into a flat in Kennedy town but the electric sockets/ outlets are in a shocking state. For example, one is hanging off the wall and has been repaired by tin foil. It looks like a fire waiting to happen.

    You may ask why she has signed the tenancy agreement- well she doesn't have much money and it was the best option of a bad lot.

    She has asked the landlord to sort it out but he has said that the rent is quite cheap so he's not going to fix anything.

    Does anyone have any experience of what rights she may have as a tenant? Or how to pursue getting it fixed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Katecymru:
    You may ask why she has signed the tenancy agreement- well she doesn't have much money and it was the best option of a bad lot.

    She has asked the landlord to sort it out but he has said that the rent is quite cheap so he's not going to fix anything.

    Does anyone have any experience of what rights she may have as a tenant? Or how to pursue getting it fixed?
    Er she signed the tenancy agreement and accepted the apartment in the state it was, she should have asked for it to be fixed before signing but since the LL said the rent is cheap then your friend has NO chance of get them to fix it.

    She could try to get it fixed by an electrician and then deduct it from the rent but the LL will outsmart her and then just deduct the owed money from the deposit. Its a lose lose battle.

    Those wall sockets should cost less than $100 for a new one from the local hardware shops, she needs to suck it up and buy some and get it installed. PM me if she needs help as my friend is an electrician by trade, i could maybe ask him a favor to help buy n install it for your friend, off course she would have to pay for the sockets/outlets + a cold beer will help
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    At least these electrical bits and bobs are cheap, and any handyman will be able to install them. It's a quick job so won't cost too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookblogger:
    At least these electrical bits and bobs are cheap, and any handyman will be able to install them. It's a quick job so won't cost too much.
    I worry for her friend when the AC or the water heater breaksdown, then she will be really screwed

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia:
    Er she signed the tenancy agreement and accepted the apartment in the state it was, she should have asked for it to be fixed before signing but since the LL said the rent is cheap then your friend has NO chance of get them to fix it.

    She could try to get it fixed by an electrician and then deduct it from the rent but the LL will outsmart her and then just deduct the owed money from the deposit. Its a lose lose battle.

    Those wall sockets should cost less than $100 for a new one from the local hardware shops, she needs to suck it up and buy some and get it installed. PM me if she needs help as my friend is an electrician by trade, i could maybe ask him a favor to help buy n install it for your friend, off course she would have to pay for the sockets/outlets + a cold beer will help
    maybe not as cheap as you think, maybe need rewiring the cables for the sockets / outlets I think your electrician friend can perform the visual inspection first